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PUBLISHED: Sep 21, 2015 11:44am

‘Spell out what hurts Malay dignity’


Sean Augustin

In the interest of 'justice and clarity', MCA's Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker suggests an Act be drafted to clearly spell out such matters that hurts not only the Malays but the other races so it could be made an offence. —TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21, 2015:

Datuk Seri Najib Razak is merely posturing to his supporters when he praised the Red Shirt rally participants, MCA said.

“However, the Prime Minister must also be mindful of his statements and its impact on component parties and also the rakyat,” the party’s Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said.

Najib’s praise of the rally subsequently led to the Pasir Gudang MCA Youth cutting ties with the Umno president yesterday.

The Chinese-based party, Ti stressed, would not react or retaliate “impulsively and abrasively” to such posturing as it has always been moderate in its approach although it was unappealing and at times not populist.

The moderate approach it took, he explained, was done in the interest of all parties.

On a related matter, Ti also welcomed Najib’s assurance  that Umno would never deal the race card or promote racism , declaring it timely in view of the racial taunting  and slogans that were attributed to Umno.

His bureau, however, wants the Barisan Nasional chairman to identify instances or words that is considered to hurt the dignity of the Malays.

“We do not want any incidents or actions, like the one that took place in Low Yat to be used or conveniently considered as an attack on Malay dignity by irresponsible parties out to seek trouble or pick a fight with an entire community,” the former assemblyman said, alluding to the ruckus at a mall in July that took on a racial tone.

In the interest of “justice and clarity”, Ti suggested an Act be drafted to clearly spell out such matters that hurts not only the Malays but the other races so it could be made an offence.

At a time when race relations were very raw, the people must be mindful not to allow trouble makers to cite racial dignity as an excuse to disregard the law and create chaos.

The Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally, which was also known as “Himpunan Maruah Melayu” or colloquially as the Red Shirt rally was organised to counter the Bersih 4 gathering in August.

Prior to the red shirt rally on Sept 16, its prominent supporter, Umno’s Datuk Jamal Md Yunos was reported to have said the event was also to teach the DAP Chinese not to be rude.



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